By Jon Weisman
As we noted Thursday, Adrian Gonzalez will begin play for Team Mexico — managed by his brother and former Padres teammate Edgar — on Thursday in the World Baseball Classic qualifier in Mexicali.
Team Mexico will open play against the Czech Republic. Earlier that day, Germany will face Nicaragua, with each team featuring a Dodger minor leaguer on its roster: Sven Schuller and Leonardo Crawford.
Eric Gagne is managing the French team, which is playing in a different WBC qualifying bracket Thursday in Panama City.
The fourth qualifier for the 2017 World Baseball Classic will be held in Brooklyn in September, with Brazil, Great Britain, Israel and Pakistan. Last month in Sydney, Australia won the first qualifier, topping New Zealand, the Philippines and South Africa.
Winners of the three qualifiers will join the U.S. and 12 other teams in the next WBC, one year from now.
Here’s the schedule …